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METRO – Scotland must not let Gareth Bale go on Welsh rampage, says Charlie Adam

Charlie Adam believes Scotland must find a way of stopping Gareth Bale if they are to overcome Wales in their crunch 2014 World Cup qualifier on Friday night – but does not expect to tangle with his old foe again. Danger man: Gareth Bale (Picture: Getty Images) The Tottenham star called Adam a ‘coward’ after being injured for a second time in July by the Stoke midfielder, then playing for Liverpool, during a friendly against Spurs in Baltimore. Bale was out for three months with ankle ligament damage after another challenge by the Scotland playmaker, then with Blackpool, back in 2011. Adam described Bale as ‘one of the best players in the world on his day’ as he ran through a list of Welshmen he believes can give Craig Levein’s side problems at the Cardiff City Stadium. The midfielder said: ‘Bale is good, quick but I don’t think they are a one-man team. They have a number of players, like we have, who can win the game on their day. ‘Aaron Ramsey is a top player, there is Ashley Williams, and Joe Allen at Liverpool. I wouldn’t just single out Gareth Bale. ‘But he is a top player and if we can stop him it will probably enhance our performance and probably our chances of winning the game.’

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Charlie Adam agent blasts ‘schoolboy’ Gareth Bale over ‘coward’ claims

The ongoing feud between Gareth Bale and Charlie Adam shows no signs of abating after the Liverpool midfielder’s agent entered the row. Gareth Bale is back in training and could be involved in Spurs’ clash with New York Red Bulls (Picture: Getty Images) Bale branded Adam a ‘coward’ for a nasty challenge from behind during a pre-season 0-0 draw with the Reds and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas called for the Liverpool man to apologise. But Adams’ agent Kenny Moyes told the Daily Star: ‘It doesn’t warrant a reply because everyone knows Charlie is not that type of player. Everyone in football knows he has no malice or anything like that in him. ‘For someone to have a go like that is outrageous. It was schoolboyish for them to come out and say that.’ Spurs boss Villas-Boas had earlier called for the pair to move on from their spat after Bale was cleared to resume training. He said: ‘Will we take it any further? We are discussing it within the club but in my opinion, the matter is dealt. ‘But it would be extremely human for Charlie to come out with an apology. But you can’t force people to say anything and we will have to wait and see.’ Gareth Bale crumples to the ground after the challenge from Charlie Adam (Picture: Action Images) Bale underwent a precautionary scan last night and, after a positive prognosis on the extent of the injury, took part in light training yesterday. Former Blackpool midfielder, Adam, put Bale out of action for three months last year with a horror tackle which tore his ankle ligaments. The latest challenge occurred in the early stages of the stalemate between Spurs and Liverpool in Baltimore on Saturday. Tottenham face the New York Red Bulls in the final match of their US pre-season tour tonight. VIDEO: Watch Adam’s foul on Bale here

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